What to Expect at Your Genetics Appointment
How can I make an appointment for my child?
Ask your child's pediatrician to make a referral to the Genetics clinic by faxing a demographics page, insurance information, recent clinical notes and genetic lab reports, if done. If you have any other questions, our schedulers can by reached at 214-456-2357. Referrals can be faxed to (214) 456-2567.
How can I prepare for my child's visit?
Make the most of your child’s Genetics appointment by preparing ahead of time. The following can be very helpful:
Research your family history - This should include (at minimum) your child’s brothers and sisters, first cousins, aunts and uncles, and grandparents. You will be asked questions at your visit about any history of developmental delay or learning problems, children born with any type of birth defect (such as cleft lip or a heart defect), any women in the family with multiple miscarriages, and any conditions which appear to be running through the family (such as cancer or heart disease at a young age).
Obtain any helpful medical records - If your child has seen a geneticist before, or has had any prior genetic testing, we will need a copy of those medical records and genetic test reports. If any of your family members has had positive genetic testing for a genetic condition, we will need a copy of their genetic test report. Medical records may be faxed to (214) 456-2567.
Bring a family photo - This will help the geneticist with his or her physical exam, as they examine your child’s facial features.
Where is the clinic located?
What if I'm going to be late?
We understand that unexpected things can happen, but please make every effort to be on time to your appointment. If you know you are going to be late, please call and let us know at 214-456-2357. Since other families need to see the same providers, showing up more than 15 minutes late may require the appointment to be rescheduled.
How long does an appointment last?
You will need to plan to be at clinic at least 2 hours for the first visit to the Genetics clinic. Please bring toys, snacks, games, and books your child might enjoy.
What is a genetic counselor?
A genetic counselor discusses chromosomes and genetic recurrence risk, gathers medical and family history information, and answers questions about inheritance.
What is a social worker?
A social worker provides information regarding community resources, short term counseling about developmental concerns, school needs, sibling and family adjustment issues as well as behavior management.